Elahe Izadi, Washington Post

Elahe Izadi

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Recent articles by Elahe:

The Oscars’ long history of getting called out for lack of diversity

The nominees of the major categories for the 2020 Oscars include few people of color. → Read More

Comedian George Lopez catches the attention of the Secret Service after a Trump joke. He’s not the first.

The agency routinely monitors threats made against presidents, including those made by rappers in music videos and comedians on Twitter. → Read More

The 2020 In/Out List

Riiise and shiiinnee, friends! It’s a new day, and it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. 2019 was a wild dream, huh. Or was it a nightmare? We show up to class and, ugh, pop quiz. We only SparkNotes’d the assigned reading— have you seen how long the Mueller report is? — but grades don’t matter because mom and dad paid for SAT scores, anyway. Suddenly we’re in the sky, suspended between… → Read More

Bill Cosby’s publicist calls Eddie Murphy a ‘Hollywood Slave’ over an SNL joke. The comics have a bitter history.

Murphy brought his Cosby impression back on "Saturday Night Live." And, as predicted, Cosby wasn't pleased. → Read More

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are your Super Bowl halftime performers

It's the first halftime show co-produced by Jay-Z and Roc Nation. → Read More

‘This Is Us’ returns, and we have a bunch of new characters to worry about

The NBC drama is now at its midway point, so let’s break down how these new additions fit into the Pearson story. → Read More

The story behind Patricia Arquette’s moving Emmy speech calling for transgender rights

Alexis Arquette, a member of the Hollywood family, died in 2016. → Read More

Emmy Awards 2019: Complete coverage, red carpet updates, how to live-stream the show

"Game of Thrones" is nominated for the most awards with 32, while "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is close behind with 20. → Read More

A step-by-step guide to why people can’t stop arguing about ‘cancel culture’

Shane Gillis's historically brief tenure on “Saturday Night Live” has turned into a referendum on an amorphous idea. → Read More

Shane Gillis no longer joining SNL cast after outcry over racist language

The comedian, who was announced Thursday as a featured player for Season 45, was criticized for using slurs against Asians and the LGBT community in recent podcast episodes. → Read More

Nicki Minaj says she’s retiring. Does that mean we’ll never hear new music from her?

The rapper has long been vocal about when she feels she's received the short shrift. → Read More

The quiet brilliance of Kenan Thompson, SNL’s longest-tenured cast member

How the child star grew up to be the indispensable steady hand of "Saturday Night Live." → Read More

Honoring Toni Morrison through the words she shared with the world

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” → Read More

‘Squad’ jumped from pop culture to become the most politically polarizing word of the year

Four progressive congresswomen evoked female solidarity and a generational divide with one word. → Read More

Hannah Gadsby broke comedy. So what’s she building now?

The Australian comedian has created a structurally complex, joyous follow-up to her groundbreaking special “Nanette.” → Read More

Summer means a parade of long, sunny days, and it’s actually the worst

Most people welcome long summer days. And then there are the haters, who loathe the unending light that doesn’t give way to night until it’s almost time for bed. → Read More

Cuba Gooding Jr. arrested on suspicion of forcible touching

The Oscar-winning actor, who denies wrongdoing, turned himself in to face the misdemeanor charge. → Read More

Ali Stroker makes Tony history as the first wheelchair user to win an acting award

Stroker, who won for "Oklahoma!," dedicated the prize to "every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena.” → Read More

‘Big Little Lies’ isn’t as mysterious as it used to be. But we still have 7 unanswered questions.

Sunday's premiere shows that the HBO series just has a few more puzzles to unravel. → Read More

5 things we learned about Chris Farley in the new documentary about his life and death

Farley was a comedic force who had always been uproariously funny, even as an improv amateur. → Read More